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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-04755

British Liver Trust Increasing Awareness of Early Diagnosis of Liver Disease to Prevent People Dying Unnecessarily

Submitted by: Jackie Baillie, Dumbarton, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Friday, June 10, 2022

Supported by: Clare Adamson, Claire Baker, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Sarah Boyack, Miles Briggs, Ariane Burgess, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Jackson Carlaw, Finlay Carson, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Jim Fairlie, Russell Findlay, Joe FitzPatrick, Meghan Gallacher, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane (Registered interest ), Daniel Johnson, Bill Kidd, Monica Lennon, Douglas Lumsden, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Liam McArthur, Paul McLennan, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Jenni Minto, Carol Mochan, Oliver Mundell, Audrey Nicoll, Paul O'Kane, Douglas Ross, Alex Rowley, Mark Ruskell, Graham Simpson, Colin Smyth, Kaukab Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Michelle Thomson, Mercedes Villalba, Sue Webber, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle, Beatrice Wishart

That the Parliament understands that Scotland is facing significant challenges with liver disease deaths, which are reportedly up to four times higher in deprived areas; further understands that liver disease is one of the leading causes of premature death in those under 75 with around 900 related deaths in Scotland annually; believes that 90% of liver disease is preventable, although an estimated three-quarters of people are diagnosed with cirrhosis when it is too late for effective treatment or intervention; highlights the work of the British Liver Trust to increase awareness of the importance of early diagnosis of liver disease and liver cancer, and acknowledges the reported benefits of automated processes to improve the identification of populations at risk of developing liver disease in primary care, including intelligent liver function tests (iLFTs) first developed at the University of Dundee, which it considers is a good practice for NHS boards to adopt.